Historically, Indian artworks are not just oldest but it also has numerous folds and colors, and each of them represents different society, religions and cultures – we are essentially diverse. Whether it is the cave art, sculptures, or paintings, our artists have mastered in every form of arts and represented the society they were breathing in.
Let’s begin with the oldest, although the oldest for Indian Art is far old when the man discovered the fire and learned farming, but briefing out the texts; let’s just start with Indus Valley Civilization: Being the oldest known civilization in the whole world, Indus Valley Civilization is roughly dated back to c. 5000 BCE to c. 1500 BCE). The civilization may not have left the artworks as huge as the pyramids or sphinx, but what they have left is precious and shocking for the arts and history scholars.
‘The dancing girl’, whichis not more than 4 inch in height but cast huge influence in ancient art. This could be the finest piece of artwork from Bronze Age. She stands in the confidence, carrying her society and rituals. She must be dancing as the way she stands, that’s why a dancing girl. The artwork represents a society, which is the past, and how women were confident and decorated themselves.The bearded man is the next infamous artwork from the Indus Valley Civilization. The sculpture is made up of steatite.
Mauryan, Buddhist and Gupta art: Tough the age usually famous for sculptures and stupas, the most renowned person of that time was Samrat Asoka. The story of King Ashok was itself a portrait of a society where religion affected the lives of people even the monarch. The philosophy of life and religion was much chaste and the moral were unsullied. From Mauryan to Gupta, Indian art was flourished, as they never been till now.
Later the age of Rajput, Sultans, Ahoms, Mughals and Sikhs added significant contributions to Indian Art. Paintings precisely demonstrate vivid social issues especially in Mughals and British Emperor. Artist like Raja Ravi Verma and Abanindranath Tagore visualize pre-independent social arena and issues. Later MF Hussain and other contemporary artist carry the burden.
If you are interested in art and creativity, then enroll yourself in fine art. The course will not just give you the talent to draw aesthetic artworks but also change your perception towards art and society.